19 March 2020
UPDATE (March 6th, 2020):
Just a day after, Digitimes has published a fresh report claiming that the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9 release may get delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. It says that Taiwanese flexible PCB makers who work as Apple suppliers "will see their shipments for the upcoming entry-level iPhone SE2 deferred from the first quarter to the second".
This delay will affect the release and eventually actual iPhone SE 2 availability. Since Coronavirus has already affected various tech companies' plans in different ways, we would not be surprised to see it affecting Apple as well.
Original (March 5th, 2020)
With every passing day, we are getting closer to the rumored iPhone SE 2 launch timeline. Many reports have claimed an official unveiling would happen by the end of March and now, there is a new report offering some support. Digitimes, a Chinese publication, has claimed that the iPhone SE 2 has entered the final verification stage.
The report cites industry sources familiar with the developments behind the claim. This particular stage is said to mean that Apple is almost ready to unveil the iPhone SE 2. It should be noted that some reports and claims also refer to the upcoming affordable iPhone as the iPhone 9. This is because there is currently no concrete proof about exactly what Apple would be calling it.
Here is an excerpt from the original report:
"Apple will soon introduce a new LCD iPhone series, dubbed tentatively SE2, which has recently entered the final phase of verification at an assembly plant in Zhengzhou, China, according to industry sources."
There is always a possibility of product launches getting delayed due to unforeseen reasons but assuming nothing goes wrong, the launch should just be around the corner. Apple is already known for holding events around March-April where it usually unveils incremental hardware upgrades.
If we go by leaks and rumors so far, the iPhone SE 2 is set to be a direct successor to the original iPhone SE. It means the main objective of Apple will remain unchanged i.e. to provide a cheaper alternative to those who can't buy expensive iPhones. This cheap pricing will come with a trade-off where users will get previous generation hardware and product design. These are speculated to include a smaller 4.9-inch LCD display, iPhone 8-like design, Touch ID, Apple A13 chipset, and a single camera.